Top five most dangerous areas for learner drivers in UK named

The five most dangerous areas for learner drivers in the UK have been named – and they are Colchester, Guildford, Preston, Plymouth and Canterbury.

The Bill Plant Driving School conducted research to identify the areas where a learner driver would be most at risk of having a traffic accident during a driving lesson.

The school calculated this by comparing the number of provisional license holders in each city to the number of reported road accidents involving provisional drivers.

The areas at highest risk were Colchester, Guildford, Preston, Plymouth and Canterbury, in that order.

Colchester and Guildford were the only regions with more than 20,000 road accidents per 10,000 people with provisional licences. Guildford has the highest number of reported road accidents involving provisional drivers at 164.

Guildford, Colchester, Preston, Plymouth and Birmingham are the only areas that have reported more than 80 road accidents involving provisional drivers.

Peterborough and Darlington proved to be the least dangerous areas for learner drivers, with fewer than 1.0 per 10,000 provisional license holders involved in road accidents in both regions.

The Department for Transport recorded a total of 115,584 road accidents in the UK in 2020, despite closures.

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